1. Glengowrie
17 Sichlau’s Road Yea
Owners:- Ian and Patricia Sichlau
 
The garden had its origin in 1924 when William Harvey Sichlau and his wife Alice moved from Anglesea to Yea. They constructed a tennis court in front of the house and a gazebo overlooking the court. Both the court and original gazebo are no more. The court was used for social events until it became too much work for them and it reverted to paddock.
 
Garden as it appeared in the 1920’s when William Harvey and Alice moved to Yea
 
After William’s death, his son, Jack and wife Elsie took over the garden and gradually improved it. Elsie loved the garden and it became her Raison d’etreThey spent many hours carting water with a little 400 litre tank on the back of a trailer to water the trees they planted. Jack eventually tired of this process and constructed a dam near an area previously occupied by the tennis court.  With a ready supply of water and a reticulated watering system the garden flourished.  The next generation, Ian and Patricia, took over responsibility for the garden after Elsie’s death in 2008. The highlights of Elsie’s legacy are the mature deciduous trees that dot the garden and shade the house during hot summer days.  
                                  
The garden area has been expanded in size from about 2000m2 to 7500m2, the front dam was tripled in size, the jetty for the boat was constructed and a bore was installed providing a guaranteed water supply even in severe drought years.  A wind mill was imported from the USA. The wind mill contains an air compressor that pumps air into two air stone diffusers at the bottom of the dam to aerate the water. 
Golden and silver perch and Yabbies were introduced to the dam. Brick paths were added throughout the garden and a gazebo constructed at the south end of the dam.  A small timber bridge has been constructed over the dam overflow point near the front gate to provide access to a path that leads around the dam
 
The garden isn’t a manicured ordered garden but rather it is informal but a pleasure to be in.
 BBQ lunch available.
 
                                                                           
 
   
                                              
2. Carpenter Garden
  4726 Whittlesea-Yea Rd, Yea
Owner:- Sue Carpenter
When the property was purchased a little over 25 years ago the house stood in a bare sheep paddock with a couple of young pine trees and a small dam. My first priorities were to plant trees, grow food and provide imaginative play-spaces for my large family. The property has been transformed and the established garden now wraps around the house in a series of garden rooms filled with mainly exotic maturing trees, shrubs, roses, perennials, shady lawns, an orchard and vegetable beds.
Silver birches frame the front of the house and a crepuscule climbing rose wreathes the veranda, stretching for over 15 metres. Yellow roses are under planted with blue and yellow perennials including a collection of blue salvias either side of the front door. Red roses are found in a side garden and more yellow roses are behind the house. A camellia that must be over 70 years old was adopted from an old garden and successfully transplanted about 6 years ago, now sitting happily under a pine tree. Its trunk has a circumference of over a metre.
The orchard is big and rambling and I have allowed the trees to spread, making a large shady area. Beds beneath are mass planted with ground-covers. There is an ornamental fish and lily pond by the house that adds another dimension to the garden, attracting birds and beneficial insects. It is part of a retaining wall constructed out of local stone. I have used stone elsewhere in the garden as well to line pathways that wind around shrubberies creating shady nooks and sunny spots; places to sit and enjoy the garden.
The vegetable garden has been constructed out of old gal water tanks that have been filled mainly with autumn leaves and lawn clippings that break down into beautiful compost. The garden has been revamped recently with plantings of low water use and low maintenance plant material I have propagated myself.
I have designed my garden with the aim of providing a calm peaceful environment. It is informal in style and sits in the landscape comfortably. While studying landscape design at Burnley some years ago I came to realise that my favourite designer Edna Walling has been a huge influence on my garden style.
 
 
3. Carey Cottage
56 Carey Rd. Killingworth
Owner:- Simone Goude
 

We acquired this property only two years ago. There was only one way to describe our first impressions, breathtaking views!  Set on two acres, we enjoy a large garden, and yet due to where we are located we feel as though we are on large acreage. A lovely cottage garden which wraps around the home helps us to enjoy the flowering beds and beyond, on the extensive balconies both sides of the house.

The driveway is borded down one side with what we often refer to as the fairy garden. Small paths lead to nooks which delight around every corner. Although our bulbs are at their best late winter, in spring, colour overtakes with vast amount of roses, daisies, azaleas, camellias and the list goes on.

We had a terrible experience once we moved in, where our water was severed by the new build home in front of us. A long process to have this attended to, along with a extremely hot, dry summer had us watch precious plants perish. With recent high winds and storms, some much loved trees blew down. But with all this having been said, I am amazed all the beautiful plants which have survived this extreme.

This garden has many changes throughout the year, all with many interesting highlights, but without a doubt Spring enables it to show its glory. On a warm sunny day, here is many sections which are so relaxing to enjoy.

 
 
 
4. Salamanca
321 Cheviot Rd. Yea
Owners:- Janet and  Richard Forde
 
Why did we build on a hill?  That’s what people asked until they saw our views. The garden was hard to set up due to the fact that we had just shale and rock to build on. All our soil was made with hard yakka and backache! The garden is split into two with a farm road through the middle. The garden just “grew” and is a mixture of everything that attracted my interest at the time. It was and is – just trial and error to see what will grow in such a harsh environment. Roses, Salvias, Penstemons, Bulbs and anything else. A few new gardens beds have been set up in the past few months and will take a while to come into their own.
 
 
Plant sales.
 
 
 
5.  Candlebark
179 Lang’s Road Limestone
Owners:- Vicki Bawden and Steven Townsend
Beginnings
The property that was to become ‘Candlebark” was purchased in 1985 as a single 12 hectare paddock. The ‘paddock’ was quite unique with the permanent Limestone Creek on its western boundary, an almost permanently flowing streamlet on its south side and a small gully in the northeast corner. A steep bank drops down into the streamlet, part of which has been incorporated into the garden.
 In 1986 extensive earthworks were carried out creating the house and shed sites and a large dam of .6 of a hectare. We lived in the shed for three years, while the house was under construction and moved in, in 1992.
The garden around the house began its life in 1992 although the trees along the driveway, dam and fence lines were planted in 1986. The Candlebarks, Buxton gums, Red Ironbarks and Red Gums along the driveway are all thirty year-old trees. The Candlebarks in particular are special as they were grown from seeds collected from a giant Candlebark that grew at the side of our driveway. The property was named after this tree, which, unfortunately had to be removed due to road works in 1986; its decaying trunk lies in the paddock near the road.
 
Establishing
The main garden at the front of the house was initially conceived as a cottage style garden with weeping cherries, mulberries, silver ash and elm and wisteria trees along with cottage garden annuals and perennials in beds. A native garden was planted on the north side of the house with blocks of natives including callistemons, banksias, grevilleas and wattles, while an orchard was planted on the western side and a kitchen garden to the northeast.
The 2007 drought made us rethink our garden strategy, as only the natives seemed to survive and even thrive with the limited water we could provide, as the dam did not fill. Since 2007 we have only planted natives with prostrate wattles being a focus; those on the south side of the house are nearly 20 years old.
 
Extending
In 2008 the garden was extended to the south with the berry patch, olives and natives sitting above the first pond and we removed a fence and began mowing down to the dam both for fire prevention and aesthetic reasons. 2012 saw major expansion with the circular driveway and associated native plantings to the east, the three ponds being constructed below the main dam and a walkway across the dam to an arboretum. Finally, a rose garden, trellis structure for espaliered trees and rock wall pond, were built to the southeast in August 2015.
 
Future
We thought the garden has reached our limits and we intended to just focus on espaliering fruit trees and extending the natives in low maintenance plantings however we have decided to plant out the front paddock with 200-300 trees over the next two years.
Real coffee and exceptional cakes.  Plant sales.
 
         
 
 
6. Myrtle Creek
40 Meadow Rd. Yea
Owners:- Meryl and Trevor Connell
 
Myrtle Creek is a 20 year old garden approximately 2 acres in size, established, re-imaged and re-planted by the owners over the years. The front area is more formal with a circular box hedge and rose border, yet all spaces are relaxed and filled with a variety of roses, iris, salvias and other perennials. Manchurian pears, Claret ashes, Crab Apple and Chinese Elm provide shady areas throughout, as does the Virginia creeper and Wedding Day rose covering the pergola over the alfresco area.